Asset based thinking examples and ideas for Asset Based Community Development

These are different examples of asset base thinking applied to services and communities, which can help to visualise how you can achieve your own asset based solutions. The examples relate to the Outcomes for the LCC Strategic Plan 2022 - 2026 (Page 4) and the Principles of the Communities Approach. The examples below illustrate the different areas where asset based approaches can be applied

Health and Social Care

NICE has produced a guide for social workers that highlighted the importance in an asset based mode of considering not just personal but also the community assets as a way to obtained good quality outcomes. This example relates to the Keeping people safe and Well and Improving Opportunities Outcome for the LCC Strategic Plan and the Prevention and Engagement principle of the Communities Approach

The document Head, hands and heart: asset-based approaches in health care and wellbeing shows Case studies of asset-based approaches in health, care and wellbeing

Adult Social Care

Older People for Older People (O40) was a research and development project working with older people in remote, rural and peripheral communities to explore how communities could support older individuals to maintain independent living. This example relates to the Greater Communities Outcome for the LCC Strategic Plan and the Prevention and Engagement Principle of the Communities Approach

Young people

The innovation Unit worked with Wigan Council to rethink how they work with adolescents in care or close to being in care, this helped young people and contributed to reduced the number of risky behaviours, partially due to the No Wrong Door Approach, which helped to avoid unnecessary duplications and delay interventions. This example relates to the Keeping people safe and Improving Opportunities Outcome for the LCC Strategic Plan and the Prevention and Engagement principle of the Principle of the Communities Approach

Children & Young Families

Fair Isle Primary School Opportunities for All projects a school-based initiative which delivers a range of complementary activities to ensure that families have the opportunity to play, learn and work together. Going beyond statutory educational obligations, and employing staff to work directly with families, the project focuses on encouraging positive family interactions and raising the aspirations of young people and adults. This example relates to the Keeping people safe and Improving Opportunities Outcome for the LCC Strategic Plan and the Prevention and Engagement Principle of the Communities Approach

Communities & Wellbeing

Healthy 'n' Happy Community Development Trust is a community-led health organisation which engages with local communities and responds to the issues they identify as priorities. This example relates to the Improving opportunities and Greater Communities Outcome for the LCC Strategic Plan and the Prevention and Engagement principle of the Principle of the Communities Approach

Adult Learning

Rag Tag'n'Textile is a social enterprise and charity that works with vulnerable adults, teaching traditional textile skills in a therapeutic and supportive environment. The project specialises in creating recycled innovative products from donated fabrics. This example relates to the Improving opportunities, Greater Communities and Clean Green Future Outcome for the LCC Strategic Plan and the Engagement Principle of the Communities Approach

Mobilising diverse resources

Bute Produce is a local community garden which produces affordable, seasonal and local fruit and vegetables, volunteering and employment opportunities and a source of renewable energy on the Isle of Bute. This project provides training, volunteering, employment and educational opportunities for the wider community. The project also produces affordable healthy fruit and vegetables, thereby reducing food miles and supporting the local economy. This example relates to the Great Communities, Strong Economy Transport and infrastructure, Clean Green Future Outcome for the LCC Strategic Plan Leicestershire Community Strategic Plan and to the Prevention, Engagement and Catalyst principle of the Communities Approach

Working with partners

Asset based thinking can help to design better services, by engaging with stakeholders (partners, beneficiaries of the services and their families) and working to co produce services and activities that match their needs and which benefit from the expertise and share knowledge of practitioners (social businesses, local authorities, VCS organisations or private businesses). The Big ShoutER is a project that worked with a wide number of partners, but which also included the beneficiaries from the earliest stages of inception. This example relates to the Outcome for the Leicestershire Communities Strategic Plan and the Catalyst and Engagement principle of the Communities Approach.

Environment and Transport

Urban Roots community-led organisation committed to working with local people on projects that improve the environment and health of the area through a range of activities. The project tackles food, energy and transport issues within the broader context of climate change and community resilience. This example relates to the Strong Economy, Transport and Infrastructure Outcome for the LCC Strategic Plan and the Clean, Green Future and the Catalyst and Engagement principle of the Communities Approach.

Another example is Gorbals recycles , which works with various partners to offer different opportunities and a diverse number of services, including training and volunteering opportunities, sells of repaired bicycles and a variety of accessories, always with a vision of environmental transformation, partnership and cooperation.

Marginalised Communites

Engaging Marginised Communities -Easy as ABCD? - Seminar Report A report identifying and mapping existing community assets and using these to support people to connect with each other to build community capacity. Ultimately, preventing loneliness and isolation for older people. This examples relate to the Outcome for the LCC Strategic Plan and the Prevention, Engagement Principle of the Communities Approach

Specific aspects of Asset Based approaches: Learning through examples

The following learning examples are based on some specific aspects of the asset based thinking model. The aim is to help you visualise better what situations you may experience and learn how others have developed asset based solutions.